You Can Lock Checked Bags When Flying

TSA Approved Lock

Travelers to and from the United States have to deal with the TSA (Transportation Security Administration) when checking luggage. One of the post-911 rules is that bags cannot be locked. This presents a problem for photographers who have more equipment than they can carry onboard.

There is a solution. You can use TSA-approved luggage locks that have a combination for you and a key slot that only TSA officials have the key for. This prevents snooping in your bags by non-security handlers. If the bags are inspected by TSA personnel, an indicator on the lock turns from green to red letting you know the bags have been opened.

I don't recommend that you pack valuable gear in bags that you check. But if you must, consider these locks as an extra layer of protection.

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